Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE






Welcome to  Sew, Stitch, Snap, Share.

Linda and I are loving seeing what you are all creating or working on.  There are some amazing WIPs and finishes.  We have had a couple of comments from people saying they prefer link ups with more detail, IE: photos, link titles, blog names.  We have to admit, we like these link ups too, however it costs to add that option to a linky, (not a lot) but it's a cost that Linda and I would incur, so that is why we aren't using it at this point. We hope that won't stop you from joining us each fortnight and popping over to see some of the other bloggers who have joined us also.

There hasn't been a lot of sewing from me lately, still working on the hand quilting on my Liberty Bloomsbury but there are only so many photos of purple stitches on fabric I can show.   I have however started working on another border for my medallion quilt and have made some little paper pieced tulips blocks for it.  The colours  are more in keeping with the theme of the quilt this time.

So what have you been working on over the past few days.  Whatever you're sewing or stitching, link it up here, following these guidelines:

  1. Link up from any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching,
  2. Somewhere in your post, please link to this post.
  3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew,Stitch, Snap, Share links - it's fun to receive comments from new people, and we are trying to encourage people to read blogs and keep blogging too.





Friday, 19 May 2017

Scenes from my Week.







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  • A colourful view of my tropical cannas, still bravely flowering despite all the wild wind and rain.
  • Slow progress on another bird for my bird dance project.  
  • A tiny EPP Liberty Dresden, has been turned into a label for the Liberty Bloomsbury, hand quilting is progressing well, though I have been finding I am getting sore shoulders from doing it.  All going well, this quilt should be finished by the end of May.
  • I love the vibrant green a leek turns as it it gently cooks.
  • The cooler temperatures seems to bring out the colours in the Bromeliads in my garden
  • Some planning is underway for the next border on my medallion quilt
  • I'm not normally one for putting bible verses on my blog, but I came across this one in a book the other day and it resonated with me, which then led to me finding this blog post . Suddenly it doesn't feel wrong to not want to be a super achiever or splash my complete life story over the internet.
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Here & Now








My garden constantly surprises me, I always forget about these plants until they start flowering or change leaf colour in the cooler  and slightly damper autumnal weather. Even though the mornings and evenings are getting a little chillier, we are still enjoying mild Autumn temperatures.

Loving // New magazines to browse through and inspire me
Eating // Home made banana bread
Drinking // Hot chocolates with the home made banana bread
Feeling //  Excited - just over a month to go till I fly to Brisbane
Making //  Some more felt birds for my Bird Dance project.
Thinking //  About  starting an epic EPP project
Dreaming // Of a clean and tidy sewing room - I must vacuum it and sort out felt and fabric this weekend!!


Linking up to Here & Now at Say Little Hen.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE




Now that we are experiencing the slightly cooler temperatures of Autumn, the Liberty Bloomsbury has been pulled out  again and the hand quilting has re-commenced.  There is something about snuggling under a quilt as you are working on it. It does take a little longer to do some times, thanks to my helper, who thinks the needle and thread are great toys.  I'll be having to lock myself away to quilt soon.    I have three more Dresden blocks to hand quilt and am contemplating whether to hand quilt the Liberty borders too, nothing like making more work for myself.  I can't wait to have this quilt on my bed, but I think it will have to be when Meeka is a little older and doesn't attack toes and knees through the bed clothes (of course, I could just shut the bedroom door at night).

So what have you been working on over the past few days.  Whatever you're sewing or stitching, link it up here.  Just follow these guidelines:
  1. Link up from any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching,
  2. Somewhere in your post, please link to this post.
  3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew,Stitch, Snap, Share links - its fun to receive comments from new people, and we are trying to encourage people to read blogs and keep blogging too.



Sunday, 7 May 2017

Weekending









  • Signs of Autumn - fungi,  autumn leaves and seed pods.
  • Feijoas galore - my two trees have given us their first two fruit.  Luckily, friends have given us lots more.
  • A fabulous reading pile - just a slight theme happening.  I've started the odd one out, The Three Miss Allens, which is set in modern day Australia, with flashbacks to the past.
  • More sewing on the medallion quilt: fussy cut corner stones  - I like how they echo the centre block pattern, and I repeated the first border, which seems to have toned down the rainbow squares, so I am feeling much happier about this quilt in progress now.  I think this will be a big quilt, it is currently measuring 48" square.
  • New plantings - in the vege garden there is beetroot, perpetual spinach and I'm trying some lettuce for winter.  In the flower garden, (with help from Meeka),  the Iceland poppy plants and sweet pea seeds have gone in too.  Looking forward to being able to pick lots of flowers.
Hope you have all had a fabulous weekend too.

Edited: the red star shaped fungi is a  stink horn fungus

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Bird Dance - A Progress Report







I have been focusing more on the stitch part of my WIPs, rather than the sew.  I have now completed 20 birds from my Bird Dance  project, so officially 2/3 done.  This deep violet bird would be one of my favourites.  I have found that I tend to name  the birds as I have been making them, (is that weird) I am thinking when I eventually finish this project , I will have to print a little  name guide to put on the back with their original numbers.  Ten birds left to make in just under two months - will I get them done??

Friday, 28 April 2017

Cook the Books - April






Week One:  Fresh grapes and freshly picked rosemary.  A nice simple Focaccia recipe from here.

Verdict:  Why did  I ever wait so long to make this.  Just make sure you start it when you are not starving already.

Week Two:  Autumn obviously brings out the bread maker in me.  Because The Scout, Miss B and Mr J weren't going to be home for Easter, I decided to do some Easter baking a week early.  From Chelsea Winter's  book, Scrumptious, I made Chelsea Bunny Easter Scrolls.  Lightly spiced, and with a chocolaty (I used quite a bit less that what the recipe said too) fruity filling, these were simple if somewhat time consuming (while waiting for dough to rise) bun to make.

Verdict:  I didn't glaze them as we are still trying to not add too much extra sugar to our food, however this did not affect the taste at all.  They were a big hit, and I would definitely make them again.

Week Three:  Chocolate was in order after a week of work stresses . This recipe for Chocolate Custard Cake was in the April edition of delicious magazine.  It features in Valli Little's new book My Kind of Food. A very easy dessert to make. Lots of very similar recipes available on the internet.

Verdict:  It looks rich and decadently sweet, but it isn't, which was a nice surprise. Not a hit with Mr J, who doesn't like anything custard (we told him it was a mousse) but the rest of us enjoyed it.

Week Four:  Feijoa season means buckets of the fruit given to us by our neighbours.  While we all enjoy them raw, it is nice to try different ways of using them.  This recipe for Feijoa and Custard Crumble Tart was actually one that fortuitously popped up on my Facebook page .

Verdict: Not really a difficult recipe to make, we all enjoyed it warm for afternoon tea, including Mr J who didn't realise it had a custard filling.


Due to lack of interest in the Cook the Books Link up, I will not be continuing it, however Cook the Books posts will still carry on as usual for at least the rest of the year.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE

Thank you to everyone who linked up in out first Sew, Stitch, Snap, Share.  Linda and I were quite overwhelmed at the response.  Apologies to everyone who had trouble linking up, Inlinkz have said the problem is now fixed, so fingers crossed you are all able to link up easily this time.

Again not a lot of sewing for me.  Auckland Libraries staff have finally been given the details of our work restructure package, resulting in all staff having to reapply for jobs, which thankfully is now done. Now we are just waiting to hear what job we get and which library we will be working at, so it is quite a stressful time at present.  Needless to say that has taken up a wee bit of quality sewing time.

Some good news though, is that I have booked a trip to visit my sister in Australia in June.  Of course a trip needs new accessories, so I made a quick and easy little travel folio, just big enough to hold my passport, printed tickets, insurance documents, boarding pass and a pen. Its girly and a little frivolous, and totally different in colour to anything that would be in my bag, so should be easy to locate in my luggage now.

I used a Tilda floral fabric for the outer and a co-ordinating text fabric for the inside, vertical quilting to hold those layers together then a simple pocket was bound and stitched to the interior.  Bound with a Victoria Findlay Wolfe fabric and tied with a gold toned ribbon. Approximate measurements are 8" x 10".

Now for a travel related question, am I allowed to do hand sewing while flying?




So what have you been working on over the past few days.  Whatever you're sewing or stitching, link it up here.  Just follow these guidelines:
  1. Link up from any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching,
  2. Somewhere in your post, please link to this post.
  3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew,Stitch, Snap, Share links - its fun to receive comments from new people, and we are trying to encourage people to read blogs and keep blogging too.

Thanks for joining us again, I can't wait to see what you have all been creating.





Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Scenes from my Week






  • The rainbow round has been added, now it is up to planning and cutting for the next round.  I think I am going to have to find a bigger fence for photos now.
  • Tomatoes from my Dad's garden, my plants had finished fruiting, so these make it seem like summer is lingering.
  • The last of my summer flowers - cosmos and zinnia, just enough for a little posy.
  • Meeka - she is lucky she's cute, even my family aren't meant to sit on this pillow.
  • Lucy - my stray, who still won't come inside, but is certainly looking well fed and knows where the best sunny spots are on a cool autumnal morning.
  • Another bird in progress.
Hoping you are all enjoying lovely autumnal or spring days too, wherever you are.
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